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George J. Sorge (1944 – 2018)

RICHMOND, MA—George Jeffery “Jeff” Sorge, 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Richmond, MA, Thursday, August 30, 2018.

He was born June 7, 1944 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the son of George Joseph Sorge and Dorothy Stanborough Tudge.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Laura Costello Sorge.

He is survived by: his four daughters, Nita Radtke (Bill), Kimberlee Rios (Lazaro), Leigh Henley and Lindsay Sorge; a stepdaughter, Laurel Flynn; his siblings, Allyson Sorge (Ed Pollack), David Tudge (Kristi) and Christopher Tudge (Anita Rayburn); six grandchildren; three nephews and a great-niece and -nephew.

Mr. Sorge earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Boston University, where he was actively involved in the crew team, and a law degree from Syracuse University, passing the bar admissions in New York and Massachusetts.

He worked for the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County in Hempstead from July 1969 through retirement in 2011. In February 1973 he was appointed bureau chief of the District Court Bureau, where he was responsible for the training and development of hundreds of public defenders who worked at the society. He was respected by judges, prosecutors and the defense bar.

In addition to his outstanding supervision and leadership of the District Court Bureau, Mr. Sorge had the opportunity to argue McGinnis v. Royster, 410 US 263 (1973) December 11, 1972, before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Sorge was an avid skier and a Killington Ski Ambassador for many years. He also enjoyed biking, hiking, sailing, cooking, traveling and doing odd jobs around the house, including building a weekend cabin in Sheffield, MA, from the ground up. He loved bluegrass music and annually attended the Grey Fox Festival in Ancramdale.

A memorial service will be held over Thanksgiving weekend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires, c/o Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 in his memory. Visit to leave condolences and remembrances.

John D. Weissgarber (1940 – 2018)

ALBANY—Lifelong Katonah resident John David Weissgarber passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by family.

He was the second son born to Anna (Quirk) and Michael Weissgarber. He graduated from Fox Lane High School and served in the National Guard for six months immediately after high school. He retired in 2003 from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Mr. Weissgarber loved living in Katonah and only moved to the New York State Firemen’s Home in Hudson in December 2013 when his health declined. He was a 60-year volunteer member of the Katonah Fire Department and served in many roles with Engine Company 2. For the department he served as secretary, secretary-treasurer, vice president and president and in 1974 as chief when the department celebrated its centennial.

He was a Westchester County Parade Judge for many years, served there as secretary and belonged to numerous other fire organizations in the area. He was a member of the Blue Vests, past president of the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association member and Southern New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association member.

Left to cherish the memory of Mr. Weissgarber are: his daughters, Cherrie and husband Joseph Reinhardt of Waxhaw, NC, and Laurie and husband Steve Harden of Red Hook; his honorary son, Christopher Gebbia and wife Heather of Fernandina Beach, FL; brother, Thomas and wife Cynthia of Mendon, MA; grandchildren, Leo Vogel of San Diego, CA, Ryan Vogel of Red Hook, Sara Reinhardt of Waxhaw; honorary grandchildren, Jacob and Jesse Gebbia of Fernandina Beach; a niece and nephews, MaryJo McCarthy, Peter, Richard, Michael and Elisha Weissgarber.

Mr. Weissgarber was preceded in death by: his parents, Michael (1982) and Anna (1997), and two brothers, Michael (1990) and Peter (2018).

Visitation will be Monday, September 10, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made to his favorite junior drum and bugle corps, Phantom Regiment. A scholarship will be presented to a 2019 marching member in his honor: Phantom Regiment, 420 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103. (

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

William J. Yasinski, Sr. (1942 – 2018)

VALATIE—William J. Yasinski, Sr., 76, of Valatie passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 with his loving family by his side.

Born February 21, 1942 in Stottville, he was the son of Casimer and Elsie (Gardinier) Yasinski.

He was a graduate of Hudson High School and then attended the University of Miami on a football scholarship. He also attended Hudson Valley Community College. In 1968 he founded the Seal-Rite Roofing Company, of which he was the president at his time of passing. Mr. Yasinski was an avid sportsman, and loved to hunt and fish. Traveling, golfing and bowling were also things that he enjoyed doing. His community involvement included being a member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Hudson Lion’s Club, member of Hudson Masonic Lodge, the NRA, and a life-member of the Ghent Sportsmen’s Club. Mr. Yasinski’s greatest joy was being a private pilot, and coaching many youth sports teams throughout the county. He loved his country and was proud to be very patriotic.

Left to cherish his memory are: his wife Anne (Veronezi) Yasinski; sons, William J. (Linda) Yasinski, Jr., and Jeffrey A. (Angela) Yasinski; daughter, Deborah A. Yasinski; grandchildren, Amanda, Alexa, Lahna, Erika and Jenna; great-granddaughter, Lillian; sister, Patricia (Joe) Robertson; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services take place Monday, September 10, 10 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visitation hours at the funeral home are Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Yasinski may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia/Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

Michael C. Daly (1952 – 2018)

CLAVERACK—Michael C. Daly, 65, of Claverack passed away peacefully September 6, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 31, 1952 in Mount Kisco to Clare and Genevieve (Cutler) Daly.

On January 31, 1976, he married Linda (Bielefeldt), together they enjoyed 42 years of marriage. He served his county in the Army from 1973 to 1976 as a military police officer. After his honorable discharge he went on to become a police officer with the New York State Park Police, working his way up the ranks to become chief. In 2005, he retired after 33 years of proud service. In his retirement he spent 12 years fly-fishing all over New York State. Also, he served as deacon at the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack.

Mr. Daly is survived by: his wife, Linda; his two daughters, Rosemarie and Jon Groner and Jennifer and Shannon Lane; his six grandchildren, Michael and Anabel Groner, Caitlyn, Alexis, Joe and Sophia Lane; his brother, Dennis and his wife Gail Daly; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large extended family.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patricia Chiacchia.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, 2018, noon at the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack, 88 Route 9H, Claverack. Inurnment will follow the service at the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Daly’s memory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene Counties, the Salvation Army, or to the Veterans Miracle Center.

Arrangements are with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Visit to leave condolences.

Greg J. Alger (1957 – 2018)

GREENVILLE, NC—Greg James Alger, 61 of New Bern, NC, and formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Vidant Medical Center.

Born in Hudson September 3, 1957, he was the son of John C. and the late Ruth F. (Lentz) Alger of Charleroi, PA.

Mr. Alger was employed with Conrail & Metro North for 15 years. He then became a self-employed handyman for many years.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by: his brothers, John, Tim, Lenny, Lee, Ron, Matt, Fred and Randall; sisters, Pat Alger and Nancy Barr; his many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, Steven and Jesse Alger.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 13, 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Snowden officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Park Cemetery.

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